Frontrunning: October 24

  • The CEO Behind AT&T’s Huge Time Warner Deal (BBG)
  • AT&T-Time Warner deal sparks calls for scrutiny in Washington (Reuters)
  • Wall Street’s $40 Billion AT&T Pledge Offers Fees and Risks (BBG)
  • Bernie Sanders: Obama Administration “Should Kill” The AT&T-Time Warner Deal (Deadline)
  • Oil prices under pressure as Iraq resists joining output cut (Reuters)

Global Stocks Jump On Mega Merger Monday, Buoyed By Earnings, PMIs, Politics

Global stocks jumped around the globe, with Europe's Stoxx 600 and US equity futures rising more than 0.5% on a surge in merger announcements over the weekend including the $85 billion mega takeout of AT&T for Time Warner, the $6.4 billion acquisition of B/E Aerospace by Rockwell Collins, the $2.7 billion deal targeting Genworth by China Oceanwide and the just announced $4 billion purchase of Scotttrade by Ameritrade.

Frontrunning: October 12

  • UK's May offers lawmakers scrutiny of Brexit process, no Article 50 vote (Reuters)
  • For or Against Trump, GOP Fears Intensifying Civil War If He Loses (BBG)
  • Podesta: 'Reasonable Belief' WikiLeaks Tipped Off Trump Campaign (BBG)
  • Obama says Trump's comments on women disqualifying (Reuters)
  • Samsung slashes third quarter profit estimate by a third after pulling plug on Note 7 (Reuters)

Frontrunning: October 10

  • Rancorous Debate Gets Personal (WSJ)
  • In debate, Trump signals aggressive close to his campaign (AP)
  • Trump Ends Nightmare Weekend With Over-the-Top Debate (BBG)
  • Trump vs Clinton: He calls her a devil, she says he abuses women (Reuters)
  • Ryan discussed revoking Trump endorsement (Politico)
  • Trump's body language during debate raises social media eyebrows (Reuters)

Is America Still A Serious Nation?

Is America still a serious nation? Consider. While U.S. elites were denouncing Donald Trump as unfit to serve for having compared Miss Universe 1996 to “Miss Piggy” of “The Muppets,” the World Trade Organization was validating the principal plank of his platform. America’s allies are cheating and robbing her blind on trade.

Frontrunning: September 22

  • Stocks Advance in Unison With Bonds as Fed Inspires Global Rally (BBG)
  • Soothing Fed gives stocks their mojo (Reuters)
  • Yellen helps Clinton dodge a bullet (Politico)
  • State of emergency called to quell Charlotte unrest over police shooting of black man (Reuters)
  • Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump by Six Points in Latest WSJ/NBC Poll (WSJ)

The Grand Global Circus: 2016 US Presidential Elections

On Election Day all the Muslims and the immigrants will vote for Hillary as the first woman President who will follow the first black president into the White House. The US does not tolerate gender, religious, color, ethnic or race discrimination. But what will Hillary do for Muslims in return that Trump would never have been able to do? You guessed it – start a Shia-Sunni civil war. For her it’ll be a simple matter, exactly what she did in Libya.

Boeing Gets "Mind-Boggling" $2 Billion Bonus Despite Failed Missile Defense System Tests

From 2002 through early last year, the Pentagon conducted 11 flight tests of the nation's homeland missile defense system. The interceptors failed to destroy their targets in six of the 11 tests -- a record that has prompted independent experts to conclude the system cannot be relied on to foil a nuclear strike by North Korea or Iran. Yet, as The LA Times reports, over that same time span, Boeing, the Pentagon's prime contractor, collected nearly $2 billion in performance bonuses for a job well done...

Frontrunning: September 2

  • Donald Trump Revised Immigration Speech After Mexican Leader’s Tweet (WSJ)
  • Hillary Clinton Raised $143 Million in August for Democrats and Her Campaign (NYT)
  • Putin says he doesn't know who hacked U.S. Democratic Party (Reuters)
  • Samsung issues recall for Galaxy Note 7 after battery fires (Reuters)
  • Putin Joins "OPEC Headline" Fray, Pushes For Oil Production Freeze, Iran Exemption (ZH)

For The First Time Since The Recession, Boeing Won't Raise Airplane Prices Due To Plunge In Demand

As part of the US economic slowdown, many have observed the sharp drop in demand for heavy trucking, coupled with the steep dropoff in train and intermodal traffic. Now, a third major red flag has emerged in the sky, where the slowdown in sales and new orders for airplanes is now so acute that US plane giatn, Boeing, announced on Monday it would refrain from increasing jetliner prices for the coming year, the first time it has held prices steady since 2009.